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Move Over, Dotcom: Here Comes the New .Whatever! The Ongoing gTLD “Debate”! And Let’s Go Viral!

Public Domain Photo (Remixed) Wikipedia -- Royal Navy Official Photographer ______________________ He who frames the question wins the debate. – Randall Terry __________________ This post has been divided into three parts, targeted to the following readers: 1. End users and casual internet surfers 2. Domain industry investors 3. The gTLD registries, both new and established 1. For Readers NOT Involved in the Domaining Business: If you are not in the domaining business, you are probably not yet aware of the internet disruption coming your way: the proliferation of the new gTLDs (generic top level domains), the dot-anything revolution. Eventually – perhaps sooner than you might think – you will start seeing websites that look like this: (Disclaimer: this is mine) No .com, .net, or .org. Instead, the extension (gTLD) itself is a dictionary word or branded term, often focused on a niche product area (.shoes and .land), specific bran

Go Daddy Security Breached by Social Engineering Tactic; a Go Daddy User’s Account Stolen. What Next?

Remixed Photo Original from Wikipedia ___________________   I like Go Daddy. I love the domain interface, the reasonable prices, coupons, and the strong support that I enjoy. Despite what others say, Go Daddy is growing up and finally donning its long pants – one sees fewer cheesecake ads and more professionalism in its marketing, and that is a good thing, although I still find the incessant upselling highly annoying. Too much of a good thing (from a marketing standpoint) can result in diminishing returns very quickly. Another story for another day. But, alas, this fairly young company seems to be experiencing growing pains and seems to be behind the curve in terms of security. A recent shocking – and successful – social engineering tactic has rocked the domaining and tech worlds. Here is the first  person account of how Naoki Hiroshima, the victim, lost his Twitter handle “N” via Go Daddy: How I lost my $50,000 Twitter Username . This is Go Daddy’s response:

Memoir Madness: Driven to Involuntary Commitment